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‘Rurouni Kenshin’ manga put on hold over author’s scandal

Khristian Ibarrola

Inquirer.net/Asia News Network

| Fri, November 24, 2017 | 10:03 am
‘Rurouni Kenshin’ manga put on hold over author’s scandal

Kenshin Himura, one of the main characters from 'Rurouni Kenshin'. (Viz Media/File)

Most Filipinos are very much up to speed with the adventures of fictional swordsman “Kenshin Himura” from the hit manga turned anime series “Rurouni Kenshin.”

However, controversy struck when the manga’s artist, Nobuhiro Watsuki, was recently charged with possession of of child pornography.

Due to the unforeseen series of events, the production and release of the new “Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido” five-story arc will now be put on a hiatus, according to J-News, as relayed by Anime News Network.

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“We’ve heard the news, and as a company, this is something we are taking very seriously,” the manga’s publisher, Shueisha, said in a statement carried by J-News.

“The artist is doing deep soul searching. Rurouni Kenshin Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story: Hokkaido Arc, currently serialized in Jump SQ, won’t appear in print for the time being from the December 4 issue.”

Meanwhile, movie network Neco Channel has also decided to drop the upcoming “Rurouni Kenshin live-action movie broadcasts in light of the charges against Watsuki, according to Kotaku.

This article appeared on the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper website, which is a member of Asia News Network and a media partner of The Jakarta Post
 
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